Café Assorti

1800 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201


Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: Russian/E. European, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Saturday 7 AM - 10 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Carrot salad; beet salad; yeast buns (called samsas, pirozhoks, or rasstegais, depending on the shape) stuffed with meats, egg, fish, or vegetables; Assorti ground-beef steak topped with an egg; manti (beef-filled dumplings); Napoleon cake.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2010: Cafe Assorti

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: This casual dining room and even more casual cafe/bakery are splashed in citrus colors. The Eastern European salads, buns, and dumplings will please finicky eaters, and it’s hard to resist the bakery case.

What to get: Carrot salad with garlic; creamy beet salad with walnuts; yeasty buns stuffed with meats, egg, fish, or vegetables; ground-beef patty topped with a sunny-side-up egg; manti, three large beef-filled dumplings; crispy napoleon cake with layers of buttercream.

Best for: Fresh takes on comfort food.

Insider tip: Though pastries are made throughout the day, staffers sometimes pop them into the microwave to warm them. Ask them not to—it affects the texture.

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